Rocky Mountain Tai Chi Chuan LLC Anti-Harassment Policy

Our anti-harassment policy expresses the commitment of Rocky Mountain Tai Chi Chuan LLC (RMTCC) to provide an environment for students, instructors, and employees that’s free of harassment, so that employees, instructors, and students can feel safe and comfortable and can advance their Tai Chi practice. We will not tolerate anyone harassing, intimidating, humiliating or sabotaging others in any of our classes, workshops, or other events.

Scope

This anti-harassment policy applies to all owners, employees, contractors, public visitors, students, customers, instructors, and anyone else whom employees or students come into contact with at RMTCC.

Policy elements

What is the definition of harassment?

Harassment includes bullying, intimidation, direct insults, malicious gossip and victimization. We can’t create an exhaustive list, but here are some instances that we consider harassment:

  • Sabotaging someone’s practice or work on purpose.

  • Deliberately ridiculing or humiliating a student in class.

  • Engaging in unwanted advances of any nature, including in particular unwelcome sexual advances, propositions or other sexual comments.

  • Physical assault of any nature, including in particular assaults of a sexual nature, such as rape, sexual battery, molestation or attempts to commit these assaults, and unwelcome intentional physical conduct that is sexual in nature, such as touching, pinching, patting, grabbing, brushing against an employee or student’s body. Note that we engage in physical practices at RMTCC, including push hands and hands-on correction of forms and postures, and that all instructors and assistants at RMTCC must ensure that their physical interactions with other instructors, assistants, or students at RMTCC remain appropriate and respectful without becoming sexual or harassing in nature.

  • Preferential treatment or promises of preferential treatment to an employee or student for submitting to sexual conduct, including soliciting or attempting to solicit anyone to engage in sexual activity for compensation, reward, or teaching.

  • Commenting derogatorily on a person’s ethnic heritage, sexuality, gender identity, age, capabilities, or religious beliefs.

  • Starting or spreading rumors about a person’s personal life.

  • Retaliation for harassment complaints.

Sexual harassment is illegal and we will seriously investigate relevant reports. If an employee or instructor is determined by the RMTCC management team to be a perpetrator of harassment, sexual or otherwise, they will be terminated and will no longer allowed at RMTCC classes, workshops or other events. If a student is determined to be a perpetrator of harassment, sexual or otherwise, they will no longer be allowed at RMTCC classes, workshops or other events.

Anyone can be a victim of sexual harassment, regardless of their sex and of the sex of the harasser. RMTCC recognizes that sexual harassment may occur between people of the same sex. What matters is that the sexual conduct is unwanted and unwelcome by the person against whom the conduct is directed.

RMTCC recognizes that sexual harassment is a manifestation of power relationships and often occurs within unequal relationships. In a school focused on martial arts and physical practices, it is particularly important to be sure our work and our relationships between teachers and students do not allow power relationships to manifest in or enable any kind of harassment.

Anyone, including owners and employees of RMTCC, clients, customers, casual workers, contractors or visitors who sexually harasses another will be reprimanded in accordance with this policy.

To ensure that any personal relationships at RMTCC are not based on the power dynamics of instructor and student, we require that instructors do not begin or pursue any romantic or sexual relationships with students or other instructors. In the event that such a relationship does begin to develop, the instructor must immediately step away from any role as an instructor or assistant at RMTCC and must be careful to avoid any use of their position at the school to further the relationship.

How to address harassment

If you’re being harassed, whether by a colleague, student, visitor, or vendor, you can choose to talk to any of these people:

  • Offenders. If you suspect that an offender doesn’t realize they are guilty of harassment, you can choose to talk to them directly in an effort to resolve the issue. This tactic is appropriate for some cases of harassment (e.g. inappropriate jokes or inappropriate touching during push hands). You may not feel comfortable addressing the offender yourself and it is important to be clear that you are never required to talk directly to the offender. If you don’t want to approach the offender or you are not able to resolve the situation, immediately contact one of the owners of RMTCC and we will work to resolve the problem.

  • RMTCC Management Team. We take harassment claims very seriously. Talk to Beth or Lee, the owners of RMTCC, and we will work with you to resolve this problem as appropriate, ensure that the behavior does not continue, and impose appropriate consequences. If you feel that the problem is with one of the owners, talk to the other owner. We will keep your identity and the details of the suspected harassment as confidential as possible. In some cases, we may have to reveal your identity to the suspected perpetrator or to other witnesses.

Note that you can always take action outside of this policy in accordance with local, state, and federal law.

Disciplinary Consequences

Punishment for harassment depends on the severity of the offence and may include reprimands, suspensions, denial of permission to participate in RMTCC classes, workshops, and events, removal from RMTCC ownership and management, or termination for paid instructors and employees.